With summer ending in Jefferson City, now is a great time to get a head start on air conditioner maintenance.
If you haven’t washed it lately, it could be full of mud and yard refuse. This accumulation can limit your unit’s efficiency and cause it to malfunction. Or wear it down sooner.
We recommend having your air conditioning system professionally serviced annually. Why? A clean system can be more energy efficient, which could save you money on utility expenses.
Consistent AC maintenance also helps our technicians locate and take care of small issues before they become high-priced problems.
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Some of the work we do includes:
- Viewing the blower, motor, drain line and coils
- Checking pressure and temperature
- Testing lines, refrigerant totals and connections
There’s still time to have a tune-up done this fall—and we can get your furnace prepared for heating season too.
There’s also some work you can do by yourself between professional tune-ups. You just need about an hour to wash your outdoor condenser unit, as well as several pieces on your indoor HVAC system.
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Cleaning Out the Outside AC Unit
Choose a warm day to clean your air conditioner. At least 60 degrees Fahrenheit (20 degrees Celsius) is best. That way, you can check your equipment once you’ve cleaned it.
You’ll only need a few tools:
- Wet-dry vacuum and hose with a soft brush attachment
- Butter knife
- Damp rag
- Small, round paintbrush
- Replacement furnace filter (if necessary)
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Follow these Steps for Cleaning the Outside Unit
1. Turn Off the Power
Stop the electricity to your air conditioner at the breaker box.
2. Clean the Outside
Empty waste from the equipment. This includes branches, bushes, weeds and grass.
Then turn on the vacuum to slowly clean the metallic fins. These parts are also referred to as condenser coils and divert heat away from your unit.
You need to be considerate of these delicate coils. Bent or crushed fins can influence efficiency.
3. Fix Bent Fins
Use a butter knife to straighten bent fins. You can also get a fin comb from an appliance part retailer. A pro from Stieferman Heating Company Inc should handle severe damage.
4. Clean the Inside
After taking out the fan, pull out leaves and other yard rubbish. Then wipe the inside of the system with a wet rag.
The only coil cleaner you need is water. Use gentle pressure from a hose nozzle to clean the fins, showering water from the inside out. Put the fan back in once you’re done.
5. Test Your Air Conditioner
It’s safe to restore power and turn your air conditioner back on. If it’s not running like it should, contact us a call at 573-635-3547.
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Then, You Can Clean the Indoor Unit
1. Turn Off the Power
Cut the power to your furnace at the breaker box.
2. Check Your Filter
Furnace filters should be changed every couple of months, depending on the type you use.
Not sure when you last replaced yours? Take it out and tilt it toward the light. If light isn’t visible, replace it.
3. Clean the Inside
Remove the blower door and vacuum up dust.
Then take a look at your air conditioner’s drain line—it’s a flexible plastic tube. If it’s moldy, you can freshen it by pouring watered-down bleach through the tube to flush the line. Or you can buy a new tube.
Clean the drain port using a small, round paintbrush. Hook up the drain tube and restore power.
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Don’t Forget a Tune-Up Again
Annual air conditioner maintenance from Stieferman Heating Company Inc can make your system more efficient and help it last longer. We also provide practical service agreements, so you won’t forget to book your annual tune-up!